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  1. #1
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    Its hard to stop a Trane.

    Found this a few months back, it was right at the end of the heating season. Customer called and said he had a little problem with his outdoor unit, I walked around the corner and saw that i had to turn around and get my phone to snap a pic.


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    WOW that's insane, what the happened there?

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    It was really hard to tell, EVERYTHING was burnt. The indoor filter was a spaceguard 2200 under the air hander, it hadnt been changed in a few years and was PLUGGED! It happened on a warmer evening at the end of winter the customer was running heat. When i got there there wasnt a lick of refrigerant in the system so I dont know if the compressor terminals blew out and a spark caught the oil on fire or what exactly happened. Luckly he smelled something burning and walked outside to check it out.

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    Wow never seen that

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    Yea for Heat Pumps. Thats crazy I would be sending the picture to Trane and asking for a Reason why thier product almost burned down one of your customers house

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldSchoolMech View Post
    Yea for Heat Pumps. Thats crazy I would be sending the picture to Trane and asking for a Reason why thier product almost burned down one of your customers house
    It's a shame you feel that way. You're blaming Trane? The fact the customer is a moron doesn't matter to you. According to the OP, looks like maintenance was not performed in years. Your saying Trane needs to idiot proof their equipment? Sad thing is the homeowner would probably win something in a lawsuit from the Mfg and the installer.
    Officially, Down for the count

    YOU HAVE TO GET OFF YOUR ASS TO GET ON YOUR FEET

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    Quote Originally Posted by HPpro View Post
    When i got there there wasnt a lick of refrigerant in the system so I dont know if the compressor terminals blew out and a spark caught the oil on fire or what exactly happened.
    that's the first thing that crossed my mind. Well not necessarily the terminal but the oil.

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    That is what happens to plastic tops.
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    Those who dance, appear insane to those who do not hear the music.
    Those who believe, appear ignorant to those who do not know God.

  9. #9
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    wow

  10. #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldSchoolMech View Post
    Yea for Heat Pumps. Thats crazy I would be sending the picture to Trane and asking for a Reason why thier product almost burned down one of your customers house
    Yeah that's like complaining to an auto manufacturer when a ****ty driver crashes their car...

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    Even without proper maintenance the unit shouldn't have caught fire!

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    The homeowner was drunk and mistook it for his grill, Happens all the time.

  13. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by pas1216 View Post
    Even without proper maintenance the unit shouldn't have caught fire!
    Hot oil vinyl siding and electricity...or possibly a blown up cap... If the terminals blew out it's a good sign the coil has been running plugged for awhile.
    Officially, Down for the count

    YOU HAVE TO GET OFF YOUR ASS TO GET ON YOUR FEET

    I know enough to know, I don't know enough
    Liberalism-Ideas so good they mandate them

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